P is for poplar

An absence of pigment is rare in nature, so rare it has a name, albinism. While poplar is not an albino wood, along with basswood it can come pretty close. It is fairly strong, clear in texture, and easy to work. I like it. The only thing I do not like is the common presence of a green stain in the wood. It is hard to find a clear piece of poplar, that green is quite common. Happily, the green mellows to a great shade of brown, which I like. Unfortunately for a good while it is that nasty green before that aging kicks in and turns it brown.

It is a wood I like to combine with cedar. In a shaft, I think the mix of three pieces cedar and two pieces poplar is the right mix of strength and light weight.


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